Church Stained Glass Restoration
That means that many church stained glass windows in the United States are antiques, and probably are in need of either repair or restoration at this point in time. Here at Stained Glass San Antonio, we have developed an extensive, multi-step process in order to restore these magnificent windows back to their original beauty. Restoration also can ensure that your church’s stained glass windows will last another hundred years or more, continuing to inspire and enlighten you and your congregation.
Does your San Antonio church window need repair or restoration?
San Antonio church stained glass before restoration process.
Restoration is necessary when there is more extensive damage. This is often the cause due to the oxidation of the lead in stained glass windows. Oxidation occurs around the 75 year point, usually displaying a fine white film on the lead itself. Over the decades, the lead can become brittle as well. It can warp or bend beneath the weight of the stained glass window, the pull of gravity, as well as natural environmental factors. Stained glass can also deteriorate due to extensive heat buildup that occurs when a sheet of plexiglass has been placed over the window, in a misguided attempt to protect the stained glass from vandalism or the Texas elements. Unfortunately, this plexiglass scenario is all too common in San Antonio church stained glass windows.
If a large, heavy stained glass window does start to sag or bow, the structural pressures can cause the glass to start cracking or even falling out of the window, a potentially dangerous situation. If you are aware of any of these “symptoms” we suggest you contact us immediately, because they will only increase over time.
Church Stained Glass Restoration Process
To properly restore a stained glass window, we must conduct an assessment first. The assessment allows our team of experienced, local stained glass artisans to analyze and problem solve the root problems that have lead to deterioration of your stained glass. Once the underlying issues are identified, we create a customized plan-of-action to restore your window and deter these underlying issues from affecting it again.
Our team carefully removes your stained glass window and transports it back to our stained glass studio. The piece is soaked in a proprietary cleaning solution for at least to weeks, in order to remove decades of dirt, impurities, and stains. Once completely clean, your stained glass window is disassembled, piece by piece. The missing or damaged pieces are replaced, using matching glass that we can source from either our inventory of over 50,000 pieces or have custom blasted to ensure it perfectly matches the original. If your stained glass window features painted glass, an older technique where paint is fused to the glass by being baked in a kiln, or design experts can replicate any technique guaranteeing a flawless match.
Stained Glass San Antonio Can Help You Bring Back The Luster Of Your Stained Glass Windows
Stained Glass Restoration due to Deterioration of Lead
Hail Damage to Stained Glass
- We remove the panels
- We match up the glass
- We re-lead each piece
- We install the restored stained glass window
After the stained glass restoration, we will also install additional protective measures, using nearly unbreakable glass on the exterior of your church stained glass to prevent hail damage from happening again.
Wind Damage to Stained Glass
Re-Leading to Restore Stained Glass
Preserving the Value of Stained Glass
Exterior Protective Coverings for Your Church Stained Glass
Our modern, durable systems are available in different finishes as well including dark bronze, white, metal finish, and custom colors. These systems have built-in internal ventilation for helping you achieve proper ventilation without the need of creating it through existing glass or frames.
The added benefit of these systems is that they help lower your maintenance needs. By preserving your stained glass and window frames, you’ll no longer need to periodically paint your wooden frames damaged from weathering. They’re also less labor-intensive to install and provide a permanent, long-term solution. Exterior protective covering panels can also be easily removed and replaced if they’re ever damaged.